Staying Safe During Labor Day Weekend (for TFCL)

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Labor Day weekend is a beloved late summer holiday, especially in the forests and lakes of Texas. As families and friends gather to celebrate the last big outdoor weekend of summer, it’s important to remain vigilant about safety. Use these tips to make sure your Labor Day festivities are accident-free.

Practice Water Safety

  • Supervise children at all times when swimming or boating. Appoint a designated “water watcher”.
  • Ensure proper life jacket use. Have children and weak swimmers wear life jackets even when shallow swimming.
  • Avoid alcohol use before or during water activities. Alcohol impairs judgement.
  • Learn CPR and rescue techniques. Know what to do in case of water emergencies.

Prepare for the Heat

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, even when not thirsty. Avoid alcohol.
  • Take shade breaks. Spend time in covered, cooled-off areas during peak heat hours.
  • Wear sunscreen and light, breathable clothing that covers skin. The Texas sun is intense.
  • Never leave kids or pets in vehicles, even with windows down. Interior temps can quickly skyrocket.

Cook Safely

  • Supervise grills and open flames. Don’t leave cooking food unattended.
  • Dispose ashes and coals properly after use once completely cooled.
  • Clean food prep areas thoroughly before and after use. Avoid cross-contamination.
  • Refrigerate perishables. Don’t leave food sitting out for more than two hours.

Prevent Insect Bites

  • Use EPA approved repellent containing DEET or picaridin. Follow label directions.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn/dusk when mosquitos are active.
  • Check for ticks after being outdoors. Remove safely if found.
  • Be aware of bull ants and stingers. Wear closed toe shoes.

By taking a few sensible precautions, you can greatly reduce chances accidents or mishaps during the iconic Texas Labor Day weekend. Follow these tips to maximize fun while minimizing risks. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Lee Miller
Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.

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